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This was a photo shoot of my step dad smoking a cigar. I used side lighting to achieve a dramatic effect,

This was a photo shoot of my step dad smoking a cigar. I used side lighting to achieve a dramatic effect,
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3 Comments |
myriamverne-soury
 
myriamverne-soury March 15, 2017
Amazing portrait Chris, bravo !
ggruber
 
ggruber December 30, 2017
A little trick I learned from Richard Avedon -- remove the catchlights in the eyes from your umbrella.
SFoley
 
SFoley February 08, 2018
Great shot
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Behind The Lens

Location

I actually took this photo in the living room of my Mom's house. This man is my step-dad and is into cigars. I decided that for a pleasure I wanted to start a series of dramatic photographs of people I knew smoking. The set-up was really easy with a backdrop and one speedlite in a softbox. The lighting was positioned for the rembrandt lighting and turned out real well.

Time

This was taken in mid morning.

Lighting

Again, rembrandt photo, one speedlite and one softbox (octabox by westcott)

Equipment

Sony A7II with kit lens, softbox from westcott, manfrotto tripod, Yungnoi speedlite

Inspiration

Peter Hurley is a huge inspiration for me in my portrait photography in really getting emotion out of my subjects. I read his book "The Headshot" which got me shooting portraits. Then watching some of Joel Grimes work got me into making some real dramatic shots. Then Serge Ramelli and Matt Klowskowski and their amazing photo education inspired me to add a lot of drama with my post processing.

Editing

Absolutely, I used Lightroom for most of the post processing and then photoshop for blemish removal and stray hairs.

In my camera bag

Sony A7 II, 28-70 F/4 and 70/300 F/4

Feedback

The most advice I could give is that I work better when I decide what I want to capture and MAKE that photo, not "try to take a good photo"

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